Circuit 4x4

“FROM SAINT-LOUIS TO SINE-SALOUM”

4x4 8 days tour with driver and guide


For nature and human relationships lovers.
Express the nomad in you browsing Senegal, from north to south, by the 4X4 tracks to meet the Fulani of Ferlo in the heart through the Serer of Sine Saloum or Wolof in the north, these ethnic groups have preserved their rich culture and traditions.
Also discover the densest wildlife of the West Africa (giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes.) and one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the world. Discover a true and authentic Senegal.


All accommodations are frequented constructed according to local architecture and each box has its own sanitary. All follow the charter of a fair tourism towards local populations.

Itineraire du circuit

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All respect the charter of a fair tourism towards local populations.

Day 1 : Dakar – Rose Lake (40km/1h)

Lac Rose Reception and assistance at the airport.
Transfer to the Pink Lake.
Night box ventilated by the lake.
 

Day 2 : The Rose Lake- Reserve Bandia – Desert Lompoul (200km/4h)

ZebreAfter the meeting of the salt gatherers, 4x4 track to the game reserve of Bandia.
In the middle of a huge baobab forest live in freedom: giraffes, rhinos, buffaloes, gazelles, monkeys, warthogs etc..
Lunch in Thies and way to reach the most beautiful desert of Senegal. Walking tour at sunset in the big sand dunes. Evening drumming around the fire. Night at the Lompoul Lodge in large Mauritanian tents.
 

Day 3 : Desert Lompoul – Saint-Louis (145km/3h)

Saint-Louis Discover St. Louis, former capital of West Africa.
Carriage ride through the old city and visit the historical sites of the colonial era.
Overnight at hotel Diamarek (or similar).
 

Day 4 : Djoudj Park or Langue de Barbarie – Ferlo Region (245km/5h)

Pelicans du DjoudjLocated in the estuary of the Senegal River Park Sanctuary is a heaven for migratory birds, but for some mammals (warthogs, jackals, monkeys ...).
Visit the park which is said to be the third bird sanctuary in the world .
Roads and trails in the heart of Senegal to the Ferlo, home of the breeders. Picnic lunch under the trees. Walks to meet the nomadic herders milking animals.
Evening and night at a lodge near Koba close to Fulani herders and their huge herds of zebu.
 

Day 5 : Ferlo Region– Region of the Sine-Saloum (200km/4h30)

Piste vers le Saloum After visiting a traditional market in the bush, visit the mosquee of Diourbel, where Islam has been able to marry the culture of traditional Africa. Then track to the discovery of small villages where culture and animism have been preserved. Overnight lodging in Saloum.
 

Day 6 : Saloum Islands

Ballade a chevalMotorized canoe ride to explore the region of Saloum, a vast lagoon of sea water ranked among the finest in the world where the fauna and flora have been able to preserve their rights. In the afternoon, horse-drawn carriage, visit Serer ethnic group of sedentary farmers villages.
Overnight lodging at Simal (or similar)
 

Day 7 : Saloum Estuary (30km/1h)

LOdge de Palmarin Descent towards the peninsula of Djiffer through a huge grove where Fulani herder passes.
Rest and relaxation on the beach in the afternoon.
Swimming on the vast virgin beaches.
Overnight lodging at the Lodge Palmarin or similar.
 

Day 8 : Saloum Islands – Dakar – Goree (140km/3h)

Maison des esclaves a GoreeAfter breakfast, drive to Dakar. (140 km / 3hrs)
City tour and traditional markets. Embarking on a boat to the island of Goree. Walking through the streets of another time. Visit the old slave house.
Dinner and evening on the island.
Transfer to the airport according to flight schedules.

Price list

Nb of persons Price in €/persons Price in Fcfa/persons
6 & more 693 454 000
5 795 521 000
4 864 566 000
3 887 581 000
2 1 059 694 000

Note :
Everything is included even the mineral water during the day.
From July to October, the Djoudj Park will be replaced by that of the "Langue de Barbarie".


Framing
On arrival, a team composed of a guide approved by the Ministry of Tourism and an engineer driver with extensive experience will be present to greet you.
From to 2 to 3 participants, accompanying the team will consist of a driver-guide.
Your tour leader will hold an information meeting on the progress and planning of your trip.
When visiting a game reserve and bird expert guide accompanies the group.

Group size
The group will be from 4 to 16 people to safeguard the well being of each and keep a human scale and during visits to villages in the bush.
Possibility of private circuit from 6 people without charge.
Small surcharge for groups of 2 to 5 people.

Exchange and Money
Only the CFA franc banknotes are accepted.
Possibility of making change with your guide or in big cities where you can withdraw money in banks with your credit cards.
The balance of the circuit can be done on site by credit card, French checks or in Euros.

Climate
Sunny and dry during the day from October to July and cool evening. The nights can be chilly at night at this time especially given the range of temperatures (35 ° to 18 °). Provide a light jacket or fleece.
Sunny and humid during the rainy period of August to September. Pendant cette période, prévoir un K-Way bien que les averses soient passagères (une heure) et très localisées. Et la brousse est, à cette période, resplendissante et très animée par les activités champêtres.

Indicative Itinerary
The route is designed to meet your needs of sharing authentic encounters with local people in areas outside of mass tourism.
The duration of the stages and progress can be modified to vary the tracks and meetings while maintaining the sites to visit.
To explore the Djoudj and the Saloum islands, will travel aboard motorized canoes. No rolling or wave while sailing on the river or arm of the sea.
All means of transport are current with their insurance in addition to a RC business.
 


Lodging
Lodgings are in small structures inspired by the traditional ethnical architecture in the circuit to maintain a harmonious environment. In general, these are various forms of African huts thatched with fan and mosquito nets with private bathroom.
All boxes have a light and electrical outlets powered by a generator soundproofed to recharge your devices.
Although comfort is simple, special emphasis is placed on the quality of reception, hygiene and cleanliness.
The Lompoul desert, accommodation is in Mauritanian tents of 20 m² with private facilities located at 80m.
Most accommodations can be visited on our site: www.gites-africains.com (French)

- Rose Lake Cottage
Huts by the pink lake. Electricity supplied by a generator and therefore can recharge the cameras, phones and camcorders.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57.

- Lompoul Cottage
Mauritanian tents of 20 m² with complete bedding. Each khaïma (tent), has for environmental reasons it’s own sanitary at a hundred meters.
A generator lights the restaurant tents and can charge the devices.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57
www.gite-africain.com/gite-lompoul

- Hotel Diamarek
Hotel on the seafront on the "Langue de Barbarie" pool.
www.ausenegal.com

- Koba Cottage
Twenty African huts with private sanitary and running water in the heart of the Fulani pastoralists region. The lodge runs on a generator from dusk to midnight. Keep the oil lamps away from boxes to avoid the risk of fire, staff will provide you with a flashlight in each box.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 569 94 20.
www.gite-africain.com/gite-koba

- Simal Cottage
Fulani nomad huts along the Saloum with fan and interior sanitary. Lighting is supplied by a soundproof generator until midnight and beyond, by kerosene lamps. To avoid risk of fire, put the lamp away from boxes. You can swim in the Saloum but be careful about the current.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 638 25 99
www.gite-africain.com/gite-simal

- Palmarin Lodge
18 ventilated bungalows with sanitary and rest room inside. The lodge is located between river and ocean, can bathe in the sea (huge wild beach). Generator from dusk until midnight after lighting will be with flashlights.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 569 94 21.
www.gite-africain.com/lodge-palmarin
 


Security
All means of transport (vehicles, boats, carriages) are current with their insurance in addition to a business C.R.
Accompanying staff has a mobile phone and the signal goes everywhere.
A first aid kit is on board vehicles for first aid and a GPS to locate the vehicle if needed.
In cases of extreme emergency, setting provision of a helicopter.

Meetings and sharing
The people you meet are very sensitive to the courtesy and politeness.
Therefore ask permission from people to photograph or videotape.
Take time to meet and understand and make connections.
If you have gifts to give, give to the oldest person in the village.
During the tour you will visit villages, bush schools, bush dispensaries where pens, notebooks, chalk, clothes and medicines for children are welcome. Ask your guide.

Photos
For photos, ask permission from people to photograph or videotape them.
Wait greetings before taking photos.
Do not insist if the refusal. Opportunity to recharge your devices in hotels and catering, but for more autonomy, it is better to have 2 batteries.

Luggage
Prefer flexible bags of 20 Kg max type sports bag and a small backpack for the personal belongings of the day.
Avoid hard suitcases.
You must take care of your luggage.
However if a person is unable to carry his luggage, assistance will be provided.

Clothing & Shoes
Prefer not too messy colours like beige, brown or tan.
Shorts not too short in order not to shock people.
Pants
T-shirts and light cotton shirts
Swimsuits and towels
Scarf or African scarf
Cap or hat, sunglasses
For evenings that can be quite cool from December to February, provide a jacket or fleece
Cotton socks
Light walking shoes or sneakers and flip flops

Small equipment and pharmacy
Personal first aid kit
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent (very few mosquitoes in the bush)
Toiletries
Flashlight

Health
Be up to date with vaccines and follow basic precautions in hygiene.
Provide adequate treatment for malaria.


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